At Trinity, arts and crafts are a rite of spring

Woodworker Philip Strange makes furniture, distinctive wooden boxes, bird houses and mirrors.Merrill Strange

Woodworker Philip Strange makes furniture, distinctive wooden boxes, bird houses and mirrors.

In an effort to celebrate and promote the artistic gifts from its own visual artists and to raise funds for its programs, Trinity Episcopal Church is holding its Second Annual Arts & Crafts Festival over the April 20-22 Fodderstack 10K weekend. 

The opening auction and reception begins at 6 o’clock Friday night (April 20) in the Parish Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, 379 Gay St., Washington. New to the festival is a raffle consisting of dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington. Mayor John Fox Sullivan will auction off such items as the pairing of a stay at the award-winning Middleton Inn with Sunday brunch at Thornton River Grille, a photograph by Chris Johns, editor of National Geographic magazine, a large ceramic piece by Merrill Strange and other artists’ work.

On Saturday, Fodderstack race day, the arts and crafts exhibit and a Cowboy Barbeque begin at 11 a.m. On Sunday, the show opens at noon. (The doors will be open before the scheduled openings on both days.)  

Every exhibitor is affiliated with Trinity Episcopal Church. Included in the show will be paintings, photography, drawings, notecards, soaps, woodworking, flowers, ceramics and other fine arts and crafts. 

The exhibitors include:

• National Geographic editor Chris Johns, who was named one of the world’s 25 most important photographers by American Photo magazine in 2003;

• Merrill Strange, a well-known and respected ceramicist whose work is included in collections throughout the world, trained at the Corcoran School of Art and her ceramics are prizes for the Fodderstack 10K race; 

• Philip Strange, a gifted woodworker specializing in cremation caskets, furniture, bird and bat houses and mirrors, who was educated at Rhode Island School of Design and taught art at Woodberry Forest School;

Paula Sayoko Endo is a documentary and fine art photographer and teacher.Ruthie Windsor-Mann

Paula Sayoko Endo is a documentary and fine art photographer and teacher.

• Paula Sayoko Endo, a documentary and fine art photographer and teacher, who is a third-generation Japanese-American and was interned during World War II;

• Ruth Anna Stolk, who has sprinkled art studies at the Corcoran into her hectic career of strategic planning and rainmaking for cultural and wildlife conservation, has created her own style of pen-and-ink sketching with watercolor;

• Donna Brune, a charter member of the Middle Street Gallery and member of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, who works mostly in watercolor, specializing in landscapes;

• Ruthie Windsor-Mann, a professional artist since 1970, guest artist at the 1982 Worlds’ Fair, juried member of watercolor associations, who works in oils, watercolors, pen and ink and is in many world collections;

• Anna Metcalfe, ceramic artist, who trained under ceramic artists Silvie Granatelli in Floyd, Va., and Betty Woodman at her Tuscan studio, studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and worked at an international ceramic center;

• Bob Metcalfe, photographer and pilot, who has been taking photographs as a hobby for more than 50 years, uses formation and other flying skills to capture images showing various angles of flight;

Other artists and craftspeople such as Beverly Hunter, Main Hutcheson, Kathleen Hutcheson, Jan Barbano, Chris Russell and Virginia Wyatt will be participating. Come help Trinity celebrate its salute to visual arts and crafts.

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